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If You Get 9/9 On This Quiz, You Should Travel Back In Time And Be A Doctor

Art thou a doctor?

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  1. Which of these was NOT another name for yellow fever?

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    Bronze John
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    Dock fever
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    Rose cold
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    Stranger's fever
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    Rose cold

    Yes, those other ones are real! While it sounds kind of fancy, rose cold was just another way of describing hay fever and allergies in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

  2. Cripes! Your doctor just diagnosed you with "bladder in throat." What will the townsfolk of the future call this?

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    Tuberculosis
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    Constipation
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    Stomach flu
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    Diphtheria
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    Diphtheria

    Civil War death certificates cite this gross-sounding illness as a cause of death, but it has a much more scientific-sounding name today.

  3. The village is a-whispering of an outbreak of "white swelling." Is this a real affliction?

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    Yea
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    Nay
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    White swelling was documented in 1894 as the swelling of joints with fluid from tuberculosis arthritis.

  4. Which of these is NOT an old-fashioned name for a modern-day disease?

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    Scrivener's palsy
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    Wasp's tongue
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    St. Vitus's dance
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    Bright's disease
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    Wasp's tongue

    Scrivener’s palsy was an 1870's name for writer's cramp, St. Vitus's Dance is an outdated name for Syndenham's Chorea, and Bright's disease was a Victorian-era name for chronic nephritis.

  5. Surely you've heard of dropsy. What is that disease called now?

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    Gangrene
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    Smallpox
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    Edema
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    Chlamydia
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    Edema

    Until the 20th century, many people were cited as dying from the adorable-sounding dropsy. Nowadays, it's called edema, and it's a sign of heart failure.

  6. Medicine men are whispering of an affliction where tuberculosis affects the neck. What are they calling this illness?

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    King's evil
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    Winter fever
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    Canine madness
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    Chilblain
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    King's evil

    In the middle ages, people in France and England thought that that form of tuberculosis could only be healed by a touch from the king!

  7. Which of these wasn't another name for typhoid fever?

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    Jail fever
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    Ship fever
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    Camp fever
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    Puking fever
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    Puking fever

    Even though it wasn't a name for typhoid fever, puking fever is very real, and it was a 19th century name for milk sickness, a disease that is pretty uncommon today.

  8. New life has just burst forth from your loins! Which of these post-labor diseases should you be concerned about?

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    Softening of brain
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    Puerperal fever
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    Sloes
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    Sanquincous crust
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    Puerperal fever

    Puerperal fever, or post-labor fever, was a big problem for new moms in the 18th and 19th century. (BTW, softening of brain was a stroke, sloes was milk sickness, and sanquincous crust was a scab.)

  9. Avast! A disease called "eel thing" is spreading 'round. What is it, exactly?

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    A tongue disorder
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    An eye tumor
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    A hair-loss virus
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    A skin infection
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    A skin infection

    Ah yes, eel thing, another name for what we now call erysipelas, a skin infection that causes pain and redness. It's also sometimes called St. Anthony's Fire.

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